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Posted:Jan 22, 2018 7:59 am
Last Updated:Jan 23, 2018 4:56 am

You have to wonder what reality some elected officials live in . A couple of items:

Two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million.
The Federal Government gives companies in California money, for expansion, raises , bonuses, or whatever they want to do with it, and the state wants to take it away. Over 130 companies , nationwide, have chosen to pass the savings along to the employees, but the State of California, wants to take it for themselves. Why? Because they say the Trump tax cuts won't benefit the middle class. How do we show the middle class we care? Take away money from their employer, which the middle class might have been given.
You can't make this stuff up.
What will be the end result? Companies will leave, or not locate at all in California.

Who's the next genius ? Andrew Cuomo of New York. He even had the gall to not call his new tax proposal, " taxes " but " Revenue raisers. "
Some of his " raisers" : New tax on vehicle registration, your internet, your health insurance- you know all those things only rich people have.
Why? To benefit the middle class , of course.
According to the AP, here is what is in the proposals :
-Opioid epidemic surcharge ($127 million): With New York among the states hit hardest by the heroin and painkiller addiction epidemic, Cuomo is looking to place a 2-cents-per-milligram tax on opioids sold in the state, to be paid by drug manufacturers.
— Health care insurance windfall profit fee ($140 million): Health insurers are in line for big cuts to their expenses thanks to the federal tax overhaul, and Cuomo wants to slap a 14-percent surcharge on profits to help cover the state's rising health care costs

Perhaps someone should tell the Good Governor that the companies will not be the one paying the tax. Their customers will be, in the form of higher prices.
What's the end result on that one? More people will be moving out of the state, at least the ones who can afford to. Thanks for the tax cut for the rich , Andy.
While those who cannot afford to leave will be dealing with a higher cost of living, the " rich " will be long gone- to states where they can enjoy the bump in profits and income.
What else will happen? The street price of opioids to the hard core addicts will go up, which is usually followed by an uptick in crime , gang murders, and cost of policing.

What reality do they live in? Higher taxes result in higher prices. When things cost more, people do less of it, if they have a choice, and they don't get the state revenue they said they were going to. So what do the Tax-'em-til-they-bleed Democrats do ? Find something to tax that people may not be able to avoid, like a vehicle registration fee, and the health insurance mandates.

Hold that foot out, so you can shoot it good, Democrats. And you wonder why both of your states are broke.
Posted:Jan 20, 2018 6:02 am
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2018 8:09 am

Looks like the Democrats get stuck with the hot potato, as they wanted to create an emergency where there was none , to score political points. DACA doesn't expire until March 5, but they had to tack it on to the spending bill. Since when does Congress do anything 6 weeks ahead of time?
Only when you want to score some emotional blackmail points.

First, I am waiting for the screaming of " Trump didn't fund the Government ". I don't know where they have been for the past year, but Trump is not a member of Congress. He didn't vote on the bill.
Some Republicans didn't vote for the bill , just like some always don't, because they don't want the Government rushing from one short sighted crisis to the next. All but Jeff Flake, who might as well caucus with the Democrats, ditto Lindsey Graham. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Mitch McConnell's nos- I will have to research.
The Democrat yes's - some are facing reelection in Red States, and Joe Manchin is most always a fair moderate.
The rest, of course, did what they were told, and voted No.

But no matter if ALL the Republicans voted yes, the bill still needs 60 votes- so they needed at least 9 Democrats.
The 5 would not have been enough. But somehow , this will be 100% Trump's fault, bank on it.

This had nothing to do with DACA, but to make Trump look bad. The usual suspects in the media will blame Trump. This is, of course , no surprise. They blame him for a rainy day, the bus being late, or if the toast is burnt, so I am sure they will not disappoint.
“There’s no one more to blame for the position we find ourselves than President Trump," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor early Saturday. "Instead of bringing us all together, he’s pulled us apart.”

Soooo Chuckie, when Trump won, you said you and the Democrats would " resist" each and every thing President Trump wanted, and NOW you are blaming him for " not bringing you together " ???? Translation- " He didn't give us everything we wanted "

Clueless Nancy Tweeted this:
" It’s clear that negligence and incompetence are in the Republican DNA. This is the first time I can ever recall a party with control of the White House and BOTH chambers of Congress causing a government shutdown "
Where's your 9 needed for this budget?

Back in 2013, the Republicans were blamed for THAT shutdown also. So whether they control the Government or not, it's always their fault.

Democrats never have to stomach to take responsibility for anything. But that's in THEIR DNA. Find a scapegoat . And always , always , be the innocent victim.
Posted:Jan 19, 2018 3:11 pm
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2018 6:30 pm
All you atheists , try and figure this out.

Posted:Jan 17, 2018 7:36 am
Last Updated:Jan 23, 2018 5:03 am

The lame stream, 90 % anti-Trump media had major melt down yesterday. TRUMP IS NOT NUTS!!!!!!!
According to Navy Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson , who was also Obama's doctor , and has been the White House physician for the past 3 administrations, Trump scored excellently on all the tests. Despite a rather unhealthy diet, and a bit of high cholesterol, he is in great shape- just like Trump told us.

But the press questioned the competency of the Admiral , with questions like " did you miss something " ? Why didn't they ask him if he missed something with Obama ?
Here is a bit more of the desperate attempts of the dishonest media to paint the President as mentally unfit, from the transcript of the press conference :

ABC’s Cecilia Vega:
"Could you just elaborate in layman's terms, if possible, and you’ve done a great job at that, what you ruled out in these cognitive tests? You know, there have been reports the president has forgotten names, that he’s repeating himself. Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer's? Are you looking at dementia-like symptoms? "

Dr. Jackson replied, noting that Trump’s cognitive test was the same one that’s often used at Walter Reed (the Montreal Cognitive Assessment) and since “the President got 30 out of 30 on that exam, I think that, you know, there's no indication that he has any kind of cognitive issues.”

They then questioned the validity of the test, to which Johnson replied:
DR. RANDY JACKSON: Yes, so I think that cognitive test, you know, it’s well respected. It is a test that is used throughout the United States. Lots and lots of institutions use that test. It is the one that they use at Walter Reed for the patients they feel they need to do cognitive screens on. So, it’s a universally-accepted test.Like I said, it is a little more extensive than some of the shorter ones that are in some of the guidelines, but yea, it screens for all those things. Any time of cognitive issues, Alzheimer's and all those other things. So, you know, the fact the President got 30 out of 30 on that exam, I think that, you know, there's no indication that he has any kind of cognitive issues "

OH NO !!! Better ask that again:

CBS radio's PORTNOY: What is your take of all the doctors and clinicians all across the country who have said, in this President, they see symptoms of this, that and the other?
JACKSON: Symptoms in what way?
PORTNOY: Symptoms of dementia, symptoms of ....

Jackson responded , basically, that he wasn't going to deal with their tabloid psychiatry, and unless you have actually examined the President, you have no idea what you are talking about.

They dug, and dug and dug , asked the same questions in a dozen ways and always got the same answer- The President is fine, mentally and physically.

Boy, was the press disappointed.

Maybe they should take a 2nd look at the sanity of a few others, list courtesy of NRO.

Madonna wanted to blow up the White House.

“Trump needs to be medicated and hospitalized,” Joy Behar, co-host of ABC News’s The View, said last week.

Representative Jamie Raskin (D., Md.) told CNN that “there’s basically no real medical cure for the condition that he’s demonstrating” and added: “My interest is doing our institutional duty under the 25th Amendment,” which would remove Trump for mental incapacity.

Never having examined Trump, Yale psychiatry professor Bandy X. Lee nonetheless told congressional Democrats that he “is unraveling” and “becoming very unstable very quickly.” The American Psychiatric Association admonished its members last Tuesday: “Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.”

Inflamed over Trump’s disposal of Obama’s useless and needless “net neutrality” regulations, Trump haters hurl obscenities and racial slurs at FCC chief Ajit Pai, an American-born citizen of Indian descent. Someone on the FCC’s comment page called Pai a “dirty sneaky Indian.” Another wrote, “Keep in mind: We all have the power to murder Ajit Pai and his family.”

The Left , Democrats and those who express irrational Trump hatred ( you know who you are in here - need a list ? Nah- you will identify yourselves fairly quickly ) are the ones who need the straight jackets.
Oppose a policy, fine, but to spend all your time in the hysterical state the Left has been in since last November, is unhinged behavior, and not normal disagreement.

Let's see , first there was Russia rigged the election, so we have Mueller, who has not found anything Trump related in almost a year. Next, they tried to throw him in with Hillary's BFF Harvey Weinstein's behavior. Then we had the Wolf book, which Wolf says is not the truth , but his opinion, and said he did not interview people he " quoted ". Last week , Trump was a racist, for wanting to finish the same wall Democrats voted for in 2006.
And this week - Trump is nuts. I am sure I missed something.

Anything and everything to derail this President has been tried. The economy is booming, stock market at an all time high, unemployment , especially for blacks at a decades low, ISIS defeated, North and South Korea meeting and talking for the first time in years, ridiculous regulations gone ( like declaring a large , low spot, rain puddle on your farm , an inland waterway for the EPA to regulate )
The list is large, if you can find it on dishonest Google.

I say pass out the straight jackets on the Left , before they hurt themselves.
Posted:Jan 15, 2018 6:50 am
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2018 12:49 pm

I am really getting tired of the Democrats trashing exactly the same thing they praised a few years ago, because this time Trump does it, and last time Obama did it.

They all wanted , and funded a wall under Obama, which never got finished. Now, when Trump wants to finish it, that EXACT same wall is racist.
When Obama cut off immigration from Iraq, he was " just being careful " , but Trump is being racist. The list is huge- Victims of sexual assault should be believed, said Hillary, but Bill's accusers were a " bimbo eruption ".

The latest is senile Nancy Pelosi and the tax cuts.

Companies such as AT&T have given $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 employees while at least 60,000 workers at Fiat/ Chrysler received bonuses worth up to $2,000. Walmart gave out bonuses and raised pay . Other companies raised pay as well, and credited the tax cuts for their decision. . At least two million U.S. workers received bonuses, pay rises and other perks from at least 130 companies, The Washington Times reported.

But Pelosi doesn't like that.
“In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on — it’s so pathetic,” she told reporters last Thursday. “I think it’s insignificant.”

She sang a different tune in 2011.
“The American people spoke out clearly and, thanks to President Obama’s leadership, 160 million Americans will continue to receive their payroll tax cut – nearly $40 per paycheck in the pockets of the average family,” she said at the time. “I salute the work of the unified House Democratic caucus on behalf of the American people.”
According to Saving dot org’s inflation calculator, $40 in 2011 is equal to $44.06 in today’s dollars.
Her Tweet at the time was :
" Today's agreement is a victory for the American people-they spoke out clearly & 40dollars each paycheck will make a difference. "

It was the American people in 2011, who said " Gee, can you spare the 40 bucks ? " I got $7 a pay check, and had been, since Bush cut taxes. Obama was merely continuing the Bush policy.

Pelosi called $1,000 " crumbs ", but $ 40 was a big deal? Where did she learn math ?

In 2011, and now, none of this is about pay cuts, or how much, but about politics.
She, and her out-of-touch Democrat buds, have no idea what $1,000 or even $40 means to the average working family. It is about grasping at any " crumb " as Nance puts it, and praising it when Democrats do it, and trashing 25 times that much , when a Republican does it.
I will guarantee the Trump tax cuts will have more meaningful benefit to the average American and the whole economy, than Obama and Bush's piddley $40 .

And remember, when Mitch McConnell said he wanted Obama to be a one term President ? Treason ! Horror !! Anti-American !!! Pelosi was one of the loudest voices.
But they need to " resist " everything Trump wants. Pelosi kicked off a Resistant Trump rally in Dallas last summer, telling the crowd the Resistance Summer was very important.

It is not in the DNA of Nancy Pelosi, Crying Chuck , Turban Durbin, or most any other Democrat to do ANYTHING to benefit the United States and it's people, if Trump proposes it. The same policies they are apoplectic about now, they ALL supported in the past.

They think you are too stupid to look up their past words and voting records to see what they said or did a few years ago. In fact, they are counting on voter's ignorance.
Posted:Jan 12, 2018 6:20 am
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2018 3:33 pm

Interesting article today on the reasons behind Trump's " My button is bigger than your button " and other comments that seem to have Lulu covering under her handmade Native American covers.
I am just going to cut and paste, this is so good.

When the president suggested that he could envision a limited nuclear war with our communist adversary, critics were “horrified” and “appalled” while the regime called his remarks “dangerous madness.”
The president in question was not Donald Trump. It was Ronald Reagan, who in his first year in office raised the possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union could survive an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons.

That message was received. In 1981, then-KGB chief and future Soviet leader Yuri Andropov declared at a major KGB conference that Reagan “was actively preparing for war and that a nuclear first strike was possible.” Two years later, Margaret Thatcher shared intelligence from KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky (who was working for the British) that Russian officials were increasingly convinced Reagan was getting ready for a nuclear first strike and was running drills to prepare for it. Indeed, NATO did carry out an exercise for a nuclear exchange — “Able Archer 83” — which included planes taxiing onto runways with realistic dummy nuclear warheads. Again, Reagan did not disabuse the Soviets of the notion. Quite the opposite: The next year he joked when testing his microphone before his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes.” The belief of Soviet leaders that Reagan might just be crazy enough to push the nuclear button constrained Soviet behavior and helped make possible a peaceful end to the Cold War.

Now Trump is trying to send a similar message to the North Korean regime. His recent tweet telling Pyongyang that his nuclear button is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s was neither unstable nor stupid. To the contrary, it was part of an intentional campaign designed to get North Korea to understand that Trump, unlike his predecessors, is willing to use force to stop Pyongyang from threatening American cities.

Marc Thiessen - a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AE.

So every time Lulu is " terrified " and the media has its dress over its head over Trump being " unstable " " deranged" etc, they help Trump .
Keep up the good work CNN.
Posted:Jan 11, 2018 6:37 am
Last Updated:Jan 12, 2018 5:46 pm

Over the years, we have had discussions about Walmart. It's the company the Left loves to hate. I think it is because the company is the embodiment of the American Dream.
One man , Sam Walton, after serving in the military, opened a Ben Franklin franchise. After running his store according to the dictates of the home office, he thought he had a better idea.
In 1962 he opened his Walton's 5 & 10 in Rogers , Arkansas. He had an idea- to serve the underserved- small towns the big chains thought unworthy of their time and investment.
The result was an international empire.
After the Left was through vilifying Mc Donald's in years past, they took aim at Walmart. While decrying the plight of the lower middle class, they took after the very companies who were willing to take a chance on the unskilled and inexperienced, and provide them opportunities to work their way up. Most Walmart store managers started as hourlies, some even cart pushers.
This is a bad thing, apparently, asking people to work their way up. They must be handed, at the start, enough money to stay at the bottom comfortably. This is the Democrat MO- keep people where you can control them.

So why the Walmart history ? Responding to market conditions, Walmart has been steadily raising wages over the years. Now, as a result of the tax cut bill, they are doing the following :

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc said on Thursday it would raise entry-level wages for hourly employees to $11 an hour as it benefits from the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years.

The world's largest retailer said the increase would take effect in February and that it would also expand maternity and parental leave benefits and offer a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000. The increase will benefit more than 1 million U.S. hourly workers.

The Left will sniff at $ 1,000 . That shows how out of touch they are. They will also sniff at $ 11 an hour. That is a lot of money for a first job.

But here is why I wrote this . Two things the Left hates- Walmart and Trump are going to be benefitting the one group they claim to care about- the middle class.

Meanwhile the Democrats continue to lie to the American people that the tax cut was for the " rich ". The bonuses and pay rates are the direct result of the company NOT having to give its money to the Government.
How much more lying can they do as the cart pusher cashes his check ?
Posted:Jan 10, 2018 7:21 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2018 3:09 pm

Robert De Niro went on an obene tirade about Trump while introducing Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review Gala.

‘This f****ing idiot is the President!’

Another choice phrase was “this f—-ing idiot,” “a f—-ing fool” and the “jerk-off in chief.”
Now, why introducing Streep would prompt such a tirade, but those with TDS have no sense of boundaries.

But he isn't the only The Leaf Twink embraces in their vulgarity :

At a speech in Detroit, Perez , DNC chairman said Trump graduated from “Makin’ S— Up University,” and at several live-streamed candidate forums, he deribed the administration’s executive orders on labor rules as “bulls—t.”

“Republicans don’t give a s**t about people. That’s what it’s all about,” Perez said. When asked to apologize, “Sorry, not sorry,” he tweeted in reply to a Washington Post story about his nasty language.

In California , in May 2017, the chairman of the local Democratic Party’s State Convention, led a crowd in a " F Trump " chant- with children present. Tell us what you learned at the convention with Mommy and Daddy , kids . House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Obama’s Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis were in the crowd, laughing it up in the background.

And right there, in Twinks backyard, they write it down for him. According to the Loudoun County , VA Sheriff’s Office, a person or persons vandalized a Confederate statue, back in August. Obene language was spray-painted on the base of the statue .

No blogs ing out Democrats for the F word ? Nah
And yet, if a Conservative says damn or hell, Twinkle has his dress over his head in pretend horror .
Posted:Jan 9, 2018 8:22 am
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2018 6:58 am

I put a rather long comment on Katie's blog, and she may view it, as crapping up her blog, so I will put it here, as she has a tendency to delete uncomfortable facts. She put up a meme, with a very disingenuous purpose. It cherry picked some issues of 1956, listed on the platform of the Eisenhower reelection campaign, and spun them into making it look like Republicans of 1956 were just like Democrats of 2017.
The platform is on line , if you search, and it sure reads nothing like what the Democrats are saying now, and a whole lot like what Trump ran on- The US first, strong military, cut regulations, lower taxes, protect Israel, taking care of veterans, etc.

The platform was touting that Ike had restored peace in the world, both in WW2 ad Korea, and helped the country go from a wartime economy with much Government control to a peace time one, which took us back to the basics- the free market, freedom of workers , and helping those in the world who want the same freedoms. They wanted to continue those policies into a 2nd term.

Here is the comment:

The meme was created by Occupy Democrats, and the basics are true, but with a few caveats.
If you read the 1956 Republican party platform, most of those elements are in it, but not with the Democrat-seeming spin.

Assistance to low income communities had yet to be started, and Johnson's War on Poverty has done nothing to change that, but has cost the taxpayers , with little change in the level of poverty. Moreover, the black unemployment rate, out of wed lock birth were a lot lower BEFORE the programs. The issues 50 years hence are a lot different than a proposal in 1956.

The seeming blanket endorsement of unions is not true. The unions wanted to prevent states from passing right to work laws, and the Republicans opposed that. Remember , this was 1956- Now, except government, union membership is at about 7 %. When given a choice, people leave unions in droves, especially teachers.

The refugees mentioned, and the list in the platform says nothing about illegals, but was designed to help those fleeing communism.

Other items in the platform that would give modern Democrats apoplexy :

We hold that the protection of the freedom of men requires that budgets be balanced, waste in government eliminated, and taxes reduced.

Under God, we espouse the cause of freedom and justice and peace for all peoples.
The individual is of supreme importance.

We regard the preservation of Israel as an important tenet of American foreign policy.

The Republican Party pledges itself to continue the dynamic, courageous, sound and patriotic policies which have protected and promoted the interests of the United States during the past four years.

Further reductions in Government spending

Initiation of a sound policy of tax reductions which will encourage small independent businesses to modernize and progress.

The military strength of the United States has been a key factor in the preservation of world peace during the past four years.

We have eliminated a host of needless controls. To meet the immense demands of our expanding economy, we have initiated the largest highway, air and maritime programs in history.

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex ( Nixon finally got the Democrats to agree on that one )

The Republican Party is determined to press all such actions that will help insure that every child has the educational opportunity to advance to his own greatest capacity. ( but Democrats oppose school choice )

There is a whole list of getting rid of regulations, lowering taxes, boosting the economy, and most of all , getting the Government out of the business of business, but instead, providing them the tools to do it themselves.

So let's break that down- reduce spending, balance the budget, lower taxes , get rid of regulations, fight Communism, or these days, socialism in policy , protect Israel, keep God in our words, and take care of the individual, not the State. Lots of United States first, and a strong military.

Looks a little Trumpian to me. But cute meme. Liberals love bumper sticker thinking, instead of actual research.

It's pretty amazing that Trump is saying some of the same things as 1956. The world threats are different actors, but he, unlike Obama and the Democrats, does not have this child-like belief, or maybe it's just rhetoric, that if we bend to those who would destroy us and apologize nicely, and give them what they want, they will not threaten us anymore. Guess what? The world bullies will still want your lunch money.
The Republicans in 1956 talked tough, and backed it up.
Nice to see them return.
Posted:Jan 8, 2018 10:29 am
Last Updated:Jan 9, 2018 7:16 pm

Something that has gone missing , badly, since the Trump years began, are actual facts. Substituting opinion for facts is the MO of the media, and a whole lot of the bloggers in here. You know who you are.

But this isn't really that new, it's just now we are talking about it constantly. Politicians and the media have been putting out stories to push an agenda for as long as they both have existed. Just look at some the stuff Jefferson and Adams said about each other.
Where things always get blurred is to deliberately conflate the event with one's opinion as the cause.
For example, On February 15, 1898, in an event that still remains a mystery, the Maine suddenly exploded as it sailed around Havana harbor. The Hearst newspapers immediately published a story with the headline, "The Warship Maine Was Split In Two By An Enemy's Secret Infernal Machine!''

Another example : Donald Trump won the 2016 election. Why is still the source of much half truth , out right lies and actual facts, told to us by those who voted for him. In case the Left hasn't figured it out yet, votes get people elected.

Why and how JFK was assassinated is still being debated, with the Government pushing its party line- blaming it all on one guy.

So how to separate? Depends on who you talk to, what is fact and what is not. I watch interview shows where pundits have asked " What evidence do you have to confirm your belief that Putin and Trump got together to get Trump elected ? " You get vague talking points and always the Mueller answer- They will find out .

Facts are ; The Stock Market is at an all time high , period, not the stock market is at an all time high because of Obama.
Hillary lost. Period. Not Hillary lost , because of fill-in-the-blanks from her book.

The event is the event is the event. How and why are opinions. Why is this hard?

I recently called Kaite out on posting historical inaccuracies on her old cut and paste blog. The whole blog is someone's opinion, but posted like facts. Each and every event can be researched and verified, but we don't want to do that anymore.
Those who agree nod their heads, and believe it, not verifying if it's true. The many rebuttals also have a few inaccuracies, but not nearly as many as the original.

What happens when you repeat an opinion as facts often enough? It BECOMES fact, in that people believe it because it's conventional wisdom.
Unless you are knowledgeable, ask anyone on the street who killed JFK, and most will say LHO. They have swallowed the Warren Commission, an investigation with a forgone conclusion, looking for a premise.

At the time , and for years hence, ask what happened to The Maine, and " The Spanish blew it up " would be the answer. I know I was taught that .

Millions were pushed off their health insurance by the mandated coverages in Obamacare. Most premiums went up over time. That is a fact. Whether or not the whole law was a good idea or not, depends on who you ask.

Gone are the days when the media reported the who, what, when, and where. Now it's all the why, before any of the others.

We are in era of Fake News, more so than any other time in my memory. Who do you trust? Beats me. But it wouldn't do any of us any harm to learn the who,what, where and when, before we get into the why.

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